Friendship, Respect and Difference: Stephen Lawrence Day

Stephen Lawrence Day was established in 2019 by the then Prime Minister Theresa May, on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death. It is a day dedicated to Stephen’s memory that also allows us to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish.

Members of Prejudice Free Dorset recognise that it is increasingly important that our Dorset communities are protected and people can live, work and visit free from discrimination and harassment.  

Stephen Lawrence was a black British teenager who was murdered in an unprovoked racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham on the evening of 22 April 1993.

His death and the subsequent police investigation raised serious issues about police practice, highlighting institutional racism within the police, and wider attitudes in this country.

In the wake of Stephen’s murder, activists drove forward anti-racism and equality reforms, changing the law, practice and attitudes. That is Stephen’s legacy.

We know there is further yet to go. Racial prejudice still exists in this country and everyday discrimination and harassment are still happening in our workplaces.

Baroness Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, wants Stephen Lawrence Day to be about hope – as we all work together to build a fair and civilised society, free from discrimination.

We must all continue to support all our colleagues and communities, through friendship, respect and understanding difference.

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